BLM offers new incentives to encourage wild horse adoptions

As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s effort to find good homes for wild horses and burros removed from public lands, the agency March 12 began offering new financial incentives to encourage qualified people to adopt one or more of the animals. “The program is part of the BLM’s efforts to confront a growing over-population of wild horses and burros on fragile rangelands and in off-range holding facilities, which cost taxpayers nearly $50 million every year to maintain,” said a statement from the BLM.

Congressmen request BLM oil, gas data

Two members of Congress Monday sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt requesting information on the Bureau of Land Management’s safety and environmental enforcement efforts. Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-Calif.), chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources also released a new Government Accountability Office report finding that the BLM has failed to complete internal control reviews at over 80 percent of field offices that manage oil and gas activities on public lands.